I'm a raisin in a bowl of grapes. This July I will start my first thru-hike by hitting the path of Vermont's Long Trail. I'm an overly anxious high school teacher in my mid-thirties from the south suburbs of Chicago. Eagle Scout returning to my roots in to the great outdoors after years of urban adventures. This will be a process of gear selection, physical training, and mental preparation, proving you don't need to quit your job, be in shape, or be completely mentally stable to be a thru-hiker. Also, jokes. There will be some jokes.
Wants turn to fears My first solo backpacking trip is almost here, and the excitement has turned into fear. Things that I knew were possibilities
It would be foolish to start any kind of long-distance hike without evaluating your physical ability level, and I was fairly certain that my physical
That overwhelming feeling Saying you’re going to do something is easy, actually doing it is as difficult as you are willing to make it. The easiest
Allow me to introduce myself Welcome to my blog! A little about me, I’m 36 and I am a high school teacher in a south suburb of Chicago. I teach